Tasty Turkey Meatballs with Tagliatelle

Prep time 15 min cook time 45 min serves 4 Not Too Tricky

A delicious lean meat dish filled with onions and courgettes. A classic meatball dish only swapping usual beef to lean tender turkey.

Typical nutritional content (per portion)

532Calories 11gFat 2.5gSaturates 44gProtein 10gFibre 59gCarbohydrate 9.9gSugars 0.46gSalt


For meatballs:
500g lean turkey mince
½ onion, peeled and finely diced
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 free-range egg, beaten
1 teaspoon of olive oil

For tomato sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ onion, peeled and diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
60g of courgettes (about a quarter of a courgette), cut into bite-sized chunks
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon tomato purée
1 teaspoon dried oregano

To serve:
700g of cooked wholewheat tagliatelle (approx. 300g uncooked)
Optional: a sprinkle grated parmesan cheese, handful of chopped basil leaves to garnish.


Preheat oven to 180℃.

In a small bowl, mix the turkey mince, chopped onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and beaten egg until combined. Shape the mixture into little round meatballs that are about the size of a golf ball – you should have about 15.

Measure out one teaspoon of olive oil and use your fingers or a pastry brush to finely coat the meatballs with olive oil. Place them on baking paper on oven tray and bake for 25 minutes until slightly brown in colour and cooked through – they should be white, not pink, in the centre.

Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Add a tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauce pan and place over medium heat. Sauté the onion and courgette for 4 minutes until soft, then add the garlic and oregano and cook for a further minute. Add in chopped tomatoes and tomato purée and stir to combine.

Take the meatballs out of the oven and add them into the tomato sauce. Simmer the meatballs simmer, cook the tagliatelle according to the directions on the packet.

Divide the pasta and meatballs between bowls or plates. Add a fine grating of Parmesan and scatter over the chopped basil, then tuck in.

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